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Friendship Centre receives Provincial funding

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Photo: MLA Pat Pimm (left) shares a laugh with Executive Director Anita Lee in the Fort St. John Friendship Centre on Friday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

 

By Christine Rumleskie

 

A $24,500 Provincial Government gaming grant to the Fort St. John Friendship Society will go a long way, according to the facility’s Executive Director.

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Anita Lee says the money will be used to assist the ‘Nurturing Hands Project’ which will eventually shift some programs around the building and add a new bathroom to the main floor.

The announcement was made by North Peace MLA Pat Pimm on Friday afternoon.

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The Friendship Centre offers a variety of social-service programs for all people, of all ages in the community. The building was first constructed in the 1970’s and has been running as a community centre ever since.

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Lee says the programs are focused around the ‘Medicine Wheel’, which is highly-sacred in aboriginal way-of-life.

It represents all aspects of life from spiritual to physical. Like the Wheel, Lee says the programs are meant to help people through all phases in their life.

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The Friendship Centre is located at 10208-95th Avenue.

Last year, the Province cut gaming grants from $154 million to around $113 million. This year, the gaming grant allotment was raised to around $120 million, and aims to target groups for young and disabled people.

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